Tag Archives: existing-home sales

Have Home Sales Reached Bottom?

The Mortgage Corner Reuters/ICAP Why is it important to report on the housing market? Because there is a housing shortage  already (Forbes says up to 3.8 million unit shortfall to date), and the NYTimes, among others, is predicting a record … Continue reading

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When Will Housing Recover?

The Mortgage Corner CalculatedRiskBlog The housing market is also in a “medically induced coma” (economist Paul Krugman’s term), as is most of our economy. However, I believe housing will recover sooner than other parts of the economy, because Americans still … Continue reading

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Strong Home Sales Mean What?

The Mortgage Corner   It looks like home sales are are defying expectations of an economic slowdown, as both existing and pending home sales are rising. Pending sales measure contracts scheduled to close in 30-60 days, which is a sign … Continue reading

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Housing Sales Higher, % Rates Plunging to Zero?

The Mortgage Corner Calculatedriskblog Total July existing-home sales, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 2.5 percent from June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.42 million in July, according to the National Association of Realtors … Continue reading

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Who Can Still Afford to Buy a Home?

The Mortgage Corner MarketWatch That question of who can still afford to buy a home is up in the air, as we say, since home sales have been trending lower of late and there is still a housing shortage. MarketWatch’s … Continue reading

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How Strong is 2019 Housing Market—Part II?

The Mortgage Corner FRED We asked just how strong is the housing market last month with rates beginning to fall again. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, said he is not overly concerned about the trending drop in existing-home sales reported … Continue reading

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How Strong is This Year’s Housing Market?

The Mortgage Corner Econoday.com The NAR reported that Existing-home sales saw a minor decline in April, continuing March’s drop in sales, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Two of the four major U.S. regions saw a slight dip in … Continue reading

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What is Driving Household Formation and Home Sales?

The Mortgage Corner SF Federal Reserve The growth in household formation, the major determinate of home ownership, is slowly returning to pre-housing bubble levels, according to a 2016 report by the San Francisco Fed’s economic research dept. This is a … Continue reading

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Why Falling Home Sales?

The Mortgage Corner Econoday.com Total existing-home sales, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, decreased 6.4 percent from November to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.99 million in December. Sales are now down 10.3 percent from a … Continue reading

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Where Goes the Housing Market?

The Mortgage Corner Calculated Risk WASHINGTON (December 19, 2018) – Existing-home sales increased in November, said the National Association of Realtors®, marking two consecutive months of increases. Three of four major U.S. regions saw gains in sales activity last month. … Continue reading

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